The 5 worst films of all time

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In our previous post, we looked at the 6 best films of all time. This time round, we are going to look at the 5 worst films of all time. It’s however important to point out that some of these films actually ended up being quite popular because they were so lousy but somehow provided some awkward entertainment value.

#No 5 Superman IV: The Quest for Peace

Superman IV: The Quest for Peace, a 1987 American superhero film directed by Sidney J. Furie, was the fourth and final film in the original Superman film series, and has been ranked among the worst superhero films of all time. Part of the reason the film was a disaster was its low budget which made all the effects appear cheap when audiences at this time had already become accustomed to much sleeker and high-quality visuals.

#No 4 Xanadu

Xanadu, a 1980 American romantic musical fantasy film that was written by Richard Danus and Marc Reid and directed by Robert Greenwald was expected to be among the top films at the box office at the time. However, upon a closer look at the film, it turned out to be a pretty dumb movie as the director attempted to capture all the cool and hip things of the 80’s in the film, and it ended up looking ludicrous yet somewhat entertaining.

#No 3 Birdemic: Shock and Terror

Birdemic: Shock and Terror, a 2010 American independently produced romantic horror film that was written, directed and produced by James Nguyen and partly based onAlfred Hitchcock’s 1963 hit film The Birds. The main reason Birdemic was awful is the fact that the director used poor quality graphics which made the scenes so unconvincing, and it actually appeared comical to see the actors appear as though they were not on the same physical space with the apparent killer birds that were after them.

#No 2 Plan 9 from Outer Space

Plan 9 from Outer Space, a 1959 American independently produced black and white science fiction film that was written, produced, directed and edited by Ed Wood definitely earns its spot as one of the worst films ever made. This cheaply produced film with sets that were obviously created using cardboards, shower curtains, and UFO’s fashioned from pie plates was an epitome of incompetence and should be used by budding directors as a “how you shouldn’t produce a film guide.”

#No 1 The Room

The Room, a 2003 American drama film written, directed, produced and starred by Tommy Wiseau, tops our list as the worst movie of all time because of its embarrassing display of poor writing, directing and acting. Every single bit of this film is agonizingly awful. This definitely tops the list of “how not to produce a film.”

As a film director, it’s important to be aware that movies are not just for entertainment value, they also need to be well written, directed and acted. That is the difference between directing award-winning films and directing mediocre films receiving acclaim because of being so bad.

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The 6 best films of all time

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In order to be successful as a film director, it’s important to know those who came in the industry before you who produced films that have become exceptional and a point of reference by all other directors. It’s only through looking at the work of the best that you yourself can work on becoming the best as you direct your own films.

It’s for this reason that we felt it appropriate to highlight the 6 best films of all time. Here we go.

#No 6 The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

The Good, the Bad and the Ugly, a 1966 epic Spaghetti Western film directed by Sergio Leone is acclaimed for film score as well as its cinematography. There is no doubt that this was the best movie in its genre and definitely earns its place in the list of best movies of all time.

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#No5 Pulp Fiction

Pulp Fiction, a 1994 award-winning American crime film, which was written and directed by Quentin Tarantino, and based on a story by Tarantino and Roger Avary, has received much acclaim for its use of eclectic dialogue, as well as a non-linear story line. It’s numerous references of pop culture also had a huge contribution to its rising popularity.

#No 4The Godfather: Part II

The Godfather: Part II, a 1974 multiple award-winning American crime film is both a sequel and prequel to the 1972 Godfather film and was also produced and directed by Francis Ford Coppola. It was partially based on Mario Puzo’s novel The Godfather and has been a film acclaimed for its ability to be a sequel that was at par with the original film which was also internationally acclaimed.

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#No 3 Shawshank Redemption

The Shawshank Redemption, a 1994 American drama film written and directed by Frank Darabont, and based on the novella Rita Hayworth and Shawshank Redemption written by Stephen King is a movie that may have had difficulty covering its budget in the box office but it went on to become a fan favorite of all timeon DVD and on cable TV.

#No 2 The Godfather

The Godfather, a 1972 award-winning American crime film directed by Francis Ford Coppola and produced by Albert S. Ruddy, and based on the best-selling novel The Godfather by Mario Puzo is undoubtedly one of the best films ever made and has received the respect of many other film producers and directors. This was the very first film to give an inside perspective on a mob family and it did a tremendous job thanks to the choice of cast, screenplay, as well as director.

#No 1 Citizen Kane

Citizen Kane, a 1941 award-winning American mystery drama written, directed, producedand starred by Orson Welles tops our list and it enjoys prominence on many other lists of best movies of all time. This film released during World War II received international acclaim both in America and Europe, and is a movie that audiences still enjoy to this day.

The common trait in all these films was their ability to transcend global borders and cultural barriers and remain popular beyond their time. As a film director, this should be your ultimate goal for your film.

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4 key differences between a film director and a producer

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During the film production process, there tends to be a bit of confusion especially among new professionals getting into the film industry when it comes to distinguishing between a film director and a producer. When you’re new in the film industry, their roles may sound confusing but once you get a hang of things, it becomes clear that these are two very different professionals.

Here are 4 key differences between a film director and a producer.

Their level of authority

The producer is essentially the overall in charge. Their task not only involves obtaining the rights for the film but also getting the funding, setting the budget and ensuring the budget is adhered to. The producer also hires the director and all other departmental heads. The film director on his/her part will be heavily involved in the casting, and will have final say on the cast to be hired, they are also responsible for coordinating all departmental heads, as well as the cast to ensure that their vision for the film is actualized.

Their degree of involvement in the film

During the production process, the film director will be in charge of the creative aspects of the film such as the dramatic and the artistic aspects. It’s their role to coordinate all the cast and crew in ensuring all this is achieved. The producer on the other hand will not directly be involved in the actual film production process, theirs will be to coordinate as well as plan all logistical aspects to ensure the film production process goes on smoothly.

Their roles while on set

The producer is more of a manager as they are responsible for the day-to-day operations while on the set. This will include supervising the production process,making final approval for purchase ad well as other requests from the various departments. The director on the other hand will be deeply involved in the actual nitty gritty of the production process such as ensuring the actors are doing their job right, the lighting is right, give actors pep talks in between takes, and generally ensuring that the day to day activities on set are in line with his/her vision for the film.

Their roles after filming is done

Once the filming is completed and it’s down to the post production stage, the producer will be responsible for ensuring the post production process goes according to budget, and will make hiring decisions such as hiring an editor for the job. The producer will also proactively start obtaining distribution deals for the film. The director on his part is ultimately responsible for the creative decisions during the editing process, and if they are famous, will proactively be involved in promoting the film through media interviews and other promotional activities.

For the success of a film, it’s very vital for the producer and director to work well together because their work is very much intertwined and each needs the other to achieve success.

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The 7 main stages of film production

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Before you get into the actual practical task of producing films, it’s vital to have a proper understanding of the process itself. Film production is a 7 step process that every budding film director must be aware of.

Here are the 7 main stages of film production.

Stage 1: Development

The development stage may vary from film to film but in most cases it starts with writing of the script which can either be derived from a book or completely from scratch. In some instances, development will be considered to be the point at which the film director pitches his/her film idea to a producer.

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Stage 2: Pre-Production

Once the film idea has been accepted, the next step is the pre-production which is essentially when all the panning goes on before the actual production work can commence. This will involve determining the location, the film cast, the film crew, as well as the budget, and any other consideration that will help make the film a success.

Stage 3: Production

The production stage is when the actual practical film production work begins. Here it’s important for the film director to work with the cast and crew to ensure that everything goes as planned and is done within the set budget as well as schedule. A lot of expert coordination has to go into this process.

Stage 4: Principal Photography

The principal photography stage is essentially part of the production process and is when the actual shooting of the film takes place. During this stage, the film director must ensure the cast, crew as well as the props and any other on-set special effects are working smoothly to ensure the film comes out as planned.

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Stage 5: Wrap

Once the shooting ends and all the cameras are turned off, it’s considered a wrap. During this stage, everything gets dismantled as the set is cleared and the cast and crew leave the film location. It’s important to ensure that all equipment and every prop are returned in good functional order to the respective suppliers. You must have an inventory list to ensure this takes place smoothly.

Stage 6: Post-Production

In most cases, the post production will overlap with the principal photography because this is the stage at which the film director begins reviewing and editing the footage. Some directors will wait for the conclusion of the principal photography stage whereas other will begin post production earlier. It’s also at this stage that visual effects,sound effects, music, among others are developed and incorporated and the final film completed.

Stage 7: Distribution

Distribution is the final stage of the production process and a very anxious stage for the cast and production crew because it’s the moment the film is released for the world to see. Here, it’s the work of the producer to secure distribution deals with cinemas and other distribution platforms. It’s important to secure the right deals because they will determine if the film will have the right audience reach and make the right amount of money to ensure a return on investment.

With a proper mastery of what is required in all of these stages, you are ready to embark on your film production journey.

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Want to be a good film director? These are the qualities you need

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Anyone aspiring to be a film maker desires to produce award winning films that gain global acclaim. That’s usually the ultimate achievement that shows you are successful as a film director, of course the money earned also counts. However, do you know what it takes to be a good film director? We take a look at some of the main qualities you will need.

#1 You must be authoritative

To be a good film maker, you must learn to command authority because it will be your responsibility to lead a big team of individuals with different characters and habits. Your ability to make them work together will be down to your ability to exert your authority over them.

#2 You must be a good communicator

To be a good film maker, it’s important to have really good communication skills which will help you articulate your ideas as well as production goals to your team so as to help them be able to achieve each one of them.

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#3 You must be creative

To be a good film maker, creativity is a key quality because it’s your job to determine how all the pieces fit, from the script, to the cast, to the props, and every bit of creative magic that makes the film a success.

#4 You must be decisive

As a film director, it’s your job to ensure that the production process stays on track. To be able to achieve this, you must be a decisive person so that the decisions you make are final and help the production team move forward.

#5 You must be a problem solver

In the process of film production, things are bound to go wrong and not go according to plan. A good film maker is well aware of this fact and should be ready to provide solutions when such problems occur.

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#6 Must be able to work under pressure

In the process of film making when things don’t seem to be going as planned,a good film director must be able to perform his duties without being affected by such pressures.

All aspiring film directors should make it their mission to nurture these qualities as it will be the difference between then rising to greatness or stagnating in mediocrity.

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These are the main roles of a film director

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If you are new to film production, you have definitely come across the term film director and you are probably wondering who he/she is and what his/her role usually is in the process of film production. As our first article in this magazine, we thought it best to get this term out of the way so that when we use it in our subsequent articles you will be more familiar with it.

When it comes to film production, the film director is the one who will be in charge and responsible for ensuring that all aspects of the production process run smoothly from start to finish. The work of the director starts at conception of the idea and ends at delivery of the final production. Let’s look at the main roles of a film director.

#1 They are responsible for the creative direction of the film

It’s the responsibility of the film director to make the creative decisions in terms of determining how every scene in the film will unfold, all the props that will be used, how every character in the film should look, as well as which of the actors will play specific roles.

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#2 They are responsible for coordinating the entire team

It’s the work of the film director to coordinate the different individuals involved in the production process such as those who are in charge of the lighting, setting the scenery, the writers, and so forth. Every individual or team responsible for making sure that the film production process goes as planned answers to the director.

#3 They are responsible for all aspects of the production process

The film director will be in charge all through the production process from the pre-production, to the production, to the post-production. Their role is to decide, coordinate and organize every person and team involved in these three processes.

Ultimately, it’s the work of the film director to control all the artistic and dramatic aspects of the film,visualize the script, and offer guidance to the technical crew as well as the actors to ensure the film comes out perfectly.

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